Author: Patricia Lorenz
Published by: Jaico Publishing House
Price: INR 250
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in the case of this one, you wouldn’t be wrong even if you did—it does full justice to what’s inside. When I first laid my eyes on the cheerful cover, it lifted my spirits instantly. Now, it’s made it to the list of my favourite books.
For most of us, money qualifies as a bringer of happiness. But right in the first chapter, the author explains why we shouldn’t rely on money to make us happy. The book reminds us, in several ways, that the key to being happy lies within us; it’s a choice we’re always making.
What really fascinated me was that the suggestions made in the book are not a culmination of the author’s ‘knowledge’ but come straight from her life experiences. They have been tried and tested by Patricia several times over. I almost envy her for having been so courageous and daring to be different. In fact, half way through the book, I caught myself wondering if it was really possible for someone to be living such an exciting and fulfilling life? Can we make the best out of whatever life throws our way? By the time I finished, I knew the answer to these questions was ‘yes’.
I’d like to point out though that some of the ideas she shares are typical of American society and culture and may not be neccesarily adaptable in the part of the world you’re living in. Yet, it’s worth a good read, if only for the unique ability of the author to turn every ordinary day into an extraordinary one—an attitude that rubs off on the reader. It compels us to reflect and find workable solutions for ourselves.
The experience she shares is something every child, parent, lover, employee, employer or friend will relate to. No matter how old you are or what you do, the book will touch your life in some way and make you smile. I’m not going to spill the beans on Patricia’s five things that bring happiness—read the book to find out for yourself. But I can tell you that it’s a great way to start your New Year.